Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Keith Hayes from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Keith Hayes

Ambulance/Paramedic

Health Service Executive

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  Keith Hayes
At a minimum get your Leaving Cert, that’s required anyway. But don’t sell yourself short aim for a third level college qualification, something like a science degree. It may not have obvious benefits now but the career is changing direction so fast it could stand to you big time.

Take your time in applying I joined the service when I was 25 yrs old and looking back I think around that age is the right time. When you consider some of the calls we attend and things we may need to deal with, joining at 17 or 18 after the Leaving Cert with little or no life experiences may turn you off because it is very demanding physically, mentally and emotionally.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.

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MH201
Science

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
3 - 4 Years
Duration of course
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400

2014 Points

400

Change from 2013: 

-10

Points History:

2013 - 410
2012 - 415
2011 - 375
2010 - 365
2009 - 350
2008 - 320
2007 - 305
2006 - 300
2005 - 310
2004 - 310
2003 - 310
2002 - 305
2001 - 300
2000 - 300

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Science students must take maths and three other subjects from: biology, chemistry, computer science, experimental physics, or mathematics and physics in their first year.


 
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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The following FETAC Major Awards may be used for entry into this course. Click on the course codes view a list of FETAC courses that provide that award.


Essential Module Requirements:

Five Distinctions which must include:

  • C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 (or OC3/HD3 in LCE Maths)


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The vast majority of science graduates enter a wide variety of careers which might not come to mind immediately (e. g. , currency trader, meteorologist, software engineer, statistician) but which require the analytical approach developed in studying for a degree in science.



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Brian Howard 1
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Brian Howard works as a Guidance Councellor in Newbridge College in Kildare. He attended secondary school in Patrician College Newbridge. Following his Leaving Certificate he went on to do a B.Sc in NUI Maynooth. After completing his H-Dip he spent 5 years teaching Maths and Science before embarking on the Higher Diploma in School Guidance and Councelling in NUI Maynooth.
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This course prepares people for work relating to the following Career Sectors. Click to explore more...

Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Space Science and Technology
Earth Science & Environment

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